Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The malicious intention to be dishonest or to violate the law, as in negotiations over a contract.

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  • noun law A malicious motive by a party in a lawsuit. This has an effect on the ability to maintain causes of action and obtain legal remedies.
  • noun law Intent to deceive or mislead another to gain some advantage; dishonesty or fraud in a transaction (such as knowingly misrepresenting the quality of something that is being bought or sold).
  • noun philosophy The existentialist concept of denying one's total freedom of will.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Translation of Latin mala fīdēs : mala, feminine singular of malus, bad + fīdēs, faith, honesty.]

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